Founded by Alessandro Staffetta, AS Watches is an Italian micro-brand specialized in the manufacturing of extremely rugged watches. These solid automatic watches can be customized and available only in limited quantities.
Presently, Alessandro Staffetta offers two models: BIG ONE and PATO. As the name suggests, BIG ONE is a massive timepiece with 48mm case diameter, 52mm lug to lug length and 18.5mm thickness. PATO is also a big watch but it is smaller than the BIG ONE.
PATO measures 44mm diameter, 52mm lug to lug length and 16.7mm thickness. Both timepieces are available with CNC machined stainless steel 316L, Bronze CuSn 12 or titanium cases.
Both BIG ONE and PATO share some common features, for example the movement powering these watches is the iconic ETA 2824/2 Swiss made self-winding movement. They features sandwich dials painted to airbrush and customized on words. Both come with custom made hands and hand-made straps. A major common attraction of these watch models is the big crown located at 10 o’ clock and its towering crown guards.
These models differ in a number of technical features. For example, the BIG ONE model features a CNC machined and hand polished Plexy glass as the front crystal where as the PATO model is fitted with a sapphire crystal glass. Further, the BIG ONE has a water resistance up to 100 atm (1000 meters) while PATO maintains a 70 ATM (700 meters) water resistance.